Ig­ni­tion’s 2018 class set to rev into trade

The West Australian - - WESTBUSINESS - Ben Har­vey

The eighth round of the Curtin Univer­sity Ig­ni­tion Pro­gram has wrapped up, with dozens of en­trepreneurs re­ceiv­ing in­ten­sive train­ing about how to scale up their busi­ness ideas.

More than 60 would-be busi­ness­peo­ple un­der­went five days of train­ing, in­clud­ing 25 hours of men­tor­ing, ad­dresses from 19 speak­ers and panel ses­sions hosted by RSM’s Steve Car­roll and AusIn­dus­try’s Larry Lopez.

Ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist Bill Tai and Perth’s an­gel in­vest­ing com­mu­nity heard pitches in closed­door set­tings.

Three stand-out pitches — Lacey Filipich from Maker Kids Club, Chevon Sem­mens from Lit­tle Land and Sian Reed from Club Soda — were se­lected to present to a pub­lic fo­rum.

Ig­ni­tion has been in­stru­men­tal in cre­at­ing more than 200 busi­nesses, in­clud­ing suc­cess­ful en­ter­prises SEQTA, CV Check, Rhi­noHide, UDrew and Tap Into Safety.

Ig­ni­tion alumni re­ceive Curtin MBA pro­gram cred­its.

Del­e­gates gather at the 2018 Curtin Univer­sity Ig­ni­tion pro­gram.

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